- Rhymes: -ɛmpt
- neat and tidy; especially used of hair
- 1907, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Human Toll (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 189:
- For a moment Boshy thought his senses were playing up with him, for there in the door entrance stood the identical girl - the same turkey-egg complexion, stubby nose, and her red hair only changed from unkempt to kempt.
- 1994 July 25, Jack Winter, “How I met my wife”, in The New Yorker:
- Her hair was kempt, her clothing shevelled, and she moved in a gainly way.